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Redundant, onerous SSS requirements

The Social Security System requires all retirees to submit yearly the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (Acop) form, together with required documents. The requirements listed in the Acop are:

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

La Naval de Manila

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Dasmarinas is the name of: a town in Cavite, a posh gated community in Makati, and a busy street in Manila’s Chinatown. There were two Spanish governors-general by that name in Philippine history: Gomez Perez Dasmariñas, who served in 1590-1593, and who was murdered by Chinese rowers while on a military expedition, and his son [...]

Posted: October 4th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

About comments on my columns and blog

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I have been getting a fair share of comments on my columns and blog posts about the Reproductive Health bill issue. As one would expect, not everyone is willing to raise me to sainthood. Some would even consign me to the darker regions. It is interesting to note, however, that the comments are almost all anonymous, whatever that means.

Posted: September 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Humble holiday

At the very beginning, it was a time of great humility. Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem to take part in a census, though Mary was not only with child but about to give birth. They moved from inn to inn, searching for a place to stay the night, but there were no rooms available. Finally, one man took pity on them and told them he had a stable free. Joseph and Mary found shelter in that place, and Jesus was soon born in a manger, all of them finding the humblest of shelters. But it was enough.

Posted: December 24th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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